Asus ARES: Is This The One Graphics Card To Rule Them All?

Benchmark Results: Crysis

Crysis demonstrates a preference for CrossFire-based configurations until 2560x1600, where the GeForce GTX 480 cards in SLI dominate. The Asus ARES puts up a great fight here though, beating the GeForce GTX 480 cards in SLI at 1920x1080 and matching the performance of two Radeon HD 5870 cards in CrossFire.

[EDIT] We've had some questions regarding the GeForce GTX 480 SLI performance at 1920x1080 in the comments section, and frankly the results look a little strange to us, too. We are aware that Crysis has a strange relationship with SLI so we aren't as surprised as some of our readers, but we went ahead and did some further tests. We re-benchmarked Crysis at 1920x1080 using three GeForce drivers: the 197.75 WHQL, 256.21 WHQL, and the 258.96 betas:

1920x1080 results, Crysis, high Detail, No AA, No AF:
197.75 WHQL: 68 FPS average
256.21 WHQL: 66 FPS average
258.96 BETA: 72 FPS average

In our recent System Builder Marathon Thomas Soderstrom's $2000 PC achieved an average 64 FPS in Crysis when equipped with two GeForce GTX 470 cards in SLI using the 197.75 WHQL drivers. This result is 4 FPS below our GeForce GTX 480 SLI result, and this is about where we'd expect the performance difference between 470's and 480's to be in this particular game. At this point, it seems reasonable to assume our benchmark results are valid and SLI simply has some kind of bottlenecking problem at the 1920x1080 resolution at high detail in Crysis. [/EDIT]

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  • Tamz_msc
    I want that briefcase!
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  • thedreadfather
    This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • rohitbaran
    BTW, it would be really cool to see a 5890, for that would give the GTX 480 a run for its money, something it is already not earning! :D
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  • Other Comments
  • Tamz_msc
    I want that briefcase!
    33
  • rohitbaran
    On the second page, that should be Radeon 5970, not Radeon 5890. There isn't any card on the market as 5890.
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  • jasonz001
    it actually looks quite small
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  • rohitbaran
    BTW, it would be really cool to see a 5890, for that would give the GTX 480 a run for its money, something it is already not earning! :D
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  • thedreadfather
    This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • Maziar
    Great review,
    However i agree with Tom's about that there are better options in terms of price/performance ratio.This card looks good and packs lots of power but i wish that it had a lower price.
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  • anamaniac
    I was excited, but after reading the article, I'm dissapointed.
    Maybe they set the bar too high when they made the MARS, a $1200 GTX285x2.
    I wish the MARS/ARES came with waterblocks though.

    Sounds like the card needs some better drivers.
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  • rohitbaran
    Well, the card is heavy, power consuming and expensive, but its performance is truly great. BTW, they could have kept the Sapphire Toxic 5970 in the benchmark tests for the sake of immediate comparison. Anyway, this is a great review.
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  • rohitbaran
    Lets see if Southern Islands top offering can take on this monster.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Where's the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire?
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  • Anonymous
    With the I7 in the test bed OC'd to just a bit over 3 Ghz I have to wonder how close the CPU is to bottle necking the GPU.
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  • Lmeow
    Can it play Cr

    What an epic triple slot cooler... Awesome suitcase too.
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  • desolationjones
    Why do the sli 480 benches for Crysis look completely off? In Crysis at 1920x1080, a single 480 gets the exact same performance of 480s in sli And at 2560x1600, sli 480 gets better performance than at 1920x1080. That doesn't make any sense. Driver issues were mentioned for alien vs preditor, but not for Crysis.
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  • rohitbaran
    jasonz001it actually looks quite small

    Excuse me, we are talking about graphic cards here, not elephants.
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  • baracubra
    desolationjonesWhy do the sli 480 benches for Crysis look completely off? In Crysis at 1920x1080, a single 480 gets the exact same performance of 480s in sli And at 2560x1600, sli 480 gets better performance than at 1920x1080. That doesn't make any sense. Driver issues were mentioned for alien vs preditor, but not for Crysis.


    Crysis and SLI don't go well together all the time. When I built my 8800GT SLI rig bck in 07' I got worse performance with SLI enabled than without. After many many drivers and game updates, I finally managed to get 6 extra frames with SLI. FYI, I was running a Q6600 OC to 3.4ghz, and the cards worked fine in other games
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  • Anonymous
    Can it play Mafia II ? :)
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  • festerovic
    waiting for the Kratos edition.
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  • jsm6746
    you really have to water cool if you want to up the voltage of a 5870 or 5970... the noise from that 80mm fan running 100% is atrocious...
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  • superdinmo
    i think it will be April Fool before april
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  • falchard
    For $1200, I can get 4-HD5870 and stick it into my Quadfire capable board. Man that would look awesome.
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